CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH.
church founded on the New Testament plan. None but
Baptists stand and contend for this doctrine, which means
so much to the kingdom of our Lord. If, then, we fail
to proclaim it, the world will never know it. We have
been set for the defense of this truth, and valiantly we
should contend for it.
5. Still another element in the faith to be contended for
is the Lord's Supper for orderly baptized believers. For
believers, for baptized believers, for orderly baptized be¬
lievers—for them only. Perhaps at no point have Bap¬
tists been less understood than at this of restricted com¬
munion. Now the Lord's Supper is not a feast, in which
Christians are to show their love to one another. It is a
memorial, by which they show Christ's death. (1 Cor.
11 : 26.) It is not a personal possession. It belongs to
the local church. We can invite none but orderly bap¬
tized believers to partake of it, because it is not intended
for others. He who partakes must be a believer. He
must have personal union with Christ. He must have put
on Christ by baptism, and his Christian life must be blame¬
less. We cannot invite others than those who, upon cred¬
ible evidence of saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been
baptized according to his command, and are walking or¬
derly in his church, organized after the New Testament
plan. We must contend for the purity and integrity of
the Lord's Supper as a church ordinance, and invite none
but those who are obedient to the Lord's commands.
IV How best may we contend ?
1. By a vigorous presentation of scriptural truth in its
entirety. The circle of doctrines ordinarily preached
must be enlarged, aud they must be preached with vigor.
We may not preach from the New Testament alone, but